We get news we don't want or like all of the time. Some of it with significant consequences; most of it (thankfully) much less so. The job we didn't get. Unrequited love. A serious medical diagnosis. Any and all of these can send us into a downward spiral. If you are anything like me, you … Continue reading Firing the pollsters
Once our intention is set toward making change in this world--and we start actually doing the hard, uncomfortable work--it's typically not very long before we encounter resistance. There is the capital R Resistance that Steven Pressfield talks about, where our own fear of failure or looking stupid is the dragon we must slay. Then there … Continue reading Ally, bystander or critic?
It's an old adage that we should choose our battles wisely. And yet... ... we get into stupid political arguments with folks who are so stuck in their fear or ignorance or ego that nothing we say will change their minds---even if we happen to be right (whatever that means). ...we pick fights with folks … Continue reading Fighting an unwinnable war
Many of us seem to be praying to a god of unending, unrelenting perseverance. If your social media experience is anything like mine, it's not long before some form of never-give-up-ism hits your timeline. Then, most often, that person's followers pile on with a hearty "you go girl", #staystrong or encouragingly pithy aphorism ("it's only … Continue reading Watering dead flowers
As the US goes to the polls today, it really doesn't matter whether one identifies as a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or whatever. Whether we prefer Beto or Ted, Andrew or Rod, Stacey or Brian means precisely nothing if we don't go vote. It turns out that our strongly held beliefs and eloquently worded arguments on … Continue reading It always comes down to turnout